Educators from K-12, higher education and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education are working to systematically improve the preparation of Missouri teachers through a group called Missouri Transforming Educator Preparation (MoTEP). Representatives of MoTEP presented updates on their work to the Missouri State Board of Education and the Coordinating Board for Higher Education in a joint meeting this week.
Six educators will be honored on Monday, Aug. 1, as Pioneers in Education for their commitment and contributions to public education in Missouri.
The Department will recognize the 2016 Pioneers during the 55th Annual Cooperative Conference for School Administrators at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia. The ceremony will take place during a luncheon where more than 500 school district leaders are expected to be in attendance.
Ten Missouri teachers have been selected as finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The 2016 state finalists come from kindergarten through sixth grades, as the PAEMST award honors the nation’s best K-12 mathematics and science teachers on a two-year rotating cycle. Nominations may be submitted by anyone, with the application consisting of three components: administrative, narrative, and video.
As a result of the passage and signing of SB 638 (effective August 28, 2016), the Department has updated guidance for student transfers from unaccredited to accredited districts and approved charter schools. It is non-regulatory guidance provided to offer school districts and approved charter schools assistance in implementing state law.
Today the Missouri State Board of Education approved the creation of a work group to review the state’s personal finance learning standards. This will be the first review of the standards since 2006, when the State Board revised graduation requirements for Missouri students to include one-half credit of personal finance.
The State Board of Education today took no action on Riverview Gardens School District’s request for reclassification as provisionally accredited. The Board acknowledged the district’s significant improvement efforts. A review of the district provided evidence of improved student learning, curriculum implementation, and teacher evaluation methods.
The Department named the recipients of this year's Gold Star Schools on Thursday. The program recognizes schools that perform at high academic levels or that perform at high levels while serving a significant proportion of disadvantaged students.
There are eight winning schools:
Robert A. Good, a teacher at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, has been named the 2016 Missouri History Teacher of the Year. He will receive a $1,000 honorarium and will be eligible for National History Teacher of the Year honors in New York City. In addition, the Ladue Horton Watkins High School library will receive a core archive of history books and educational materials.
Missouri has the lowest-cost school commodities distribution system in the country. Each case of food costs $1.84 for delivery, 38 cents for handling, and 22 cents for storage. Why only 22 cents? Because Missouri stores all of its school commodity supply in a cave! The cave’s constant temperature reduces the cost of refrigeration.
The State Board of Education today heard an update on efforts to ensure that all students in Missouri public schools have access to excellent teachers in every subject. Missouri has developed strategies to address teacher workforce quality and diversity, recruitment and retention, and training and support to increase the number of teachers and leaders in challenging geographic or subject areas.